Education Happenings: Winter Arts Academy

There are many opportunities for artistic enrichment this winter through our Arts Academy classes. We have classes for teens, young children and adults, so check them out below and give us a call at (318)255-1450 to register!

For Teens:
Comic Book Workshop
If hearing “I’m bored” isn’t on your favorites list, register your teen for NCLAC’s 2-day Comic Book Workshop. The class will be held during the Christmas break, December 27 and 28, from 8:30am-3:30pm. This teen class, for those ages 13-18, will explore the design and creation of a comic book, discussing both story and execution. The workshop will be taught by Joshua Chambers, an area artist as well as a Gifted and Talented art teacher for the Ouachita Parish school system. The 2-day class fee is $60 for NCLAC members, $70 for non-members. The workshop will be held at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 North Vienna, on both Tuesday and Wednesday. A daily snack and all supplies are provided with the class fee. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Be sure to bring a sack lunch.

For Kids:
Household Printmaking
What will your kids be doing after Christmas during their school break? NCLAC Arts Academy is offering Household Printmaking with Executive Director Leigh Anne Chambers, on Thursday, December 29, from 8:30am – 3:30pm. Children ages 6-12 will be introduced to printmaking techniques, such as glue-line printing, that can easily be executed at home with on-hand materials. The class fee is $35 for NCLAC members, $45 for non-members. All supplies and a snack are included. The class will be held at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 North Vienna in Ruston. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Bring a sack lunch.

Petite Players
Petite Players is back for winter! This 3-day class shows you’re never too small to put on a show. For kids 6-12, your player will act, design, and write her own play! The class will be taught by Theatre Educator and NCLAC Executive Director, Leigh Anne Chambers.
The 3-part class is $40 for NCLAC members, $50 for non-members. All supplies are included.
It will be held 3 Saturdays in January (January 14, 21, and 28) from 9am – 12pm, at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 North Vienna in Ruston. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

For Adults:
Beginning Guitar Theory
Would you like to better your understanding of basic music theory? NCLAC Arts Academy for Adults proudly presents Beginning Guitar Theory with Dr. Cain Budds. Dr. Budds, Assistant Professor of Guitar and Music Theory at Louisiana Tech, will teach the 2-hour class, Saturday, January 14, from 10am – 12pm. The only requirements are a guitar and a desire to increase your knowledge of music theory. You can play with confidence when you understand the rhyme and reason behind what you’re playing. The cost for the 1-day class is $25 for NCLAC members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited in order to provide personal instruction, and pre-registration is required. The class is offered to those 16 through adult, and will be held at Howard Recital Hall on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.

Jazz Up the Blues
NCLAC Arts Academy for Adults offers Jazz Up the Blues, taught by Dr. Cain Budds. Dr. Budds will teach the 2-hour class, Saturday, January 21, from 10am – 12pm. The only requirements are a guitar and the desire to liven up your blues jams. The cost for the 1-day class is $25 for NCLAC members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited in order to provide personal instruction, and pre-registration is required. The class is offered to those 16 through adult and will be held at Howard Recital Hall on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.

Finger-Style Guitar
Brush up your guitar chops, or try something completely new! NCLAC Arts Academy for Adults is happy to offer Finger-Style Guitar, taught by Dr. Cain Budds. Dr. Budds will teach the 2-hour class, Saturday, January 28, from 10am – 12pm. The only requirements are a guitar and a desire to learn finger-style, which is a perfect complement for chords your may already know. The cost for the 1-day class is $25 for NCLAC members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited in order to provide personal instruction, and pre-registration is required. The class is offered to those 16 through adult and will be held at Howard Recital Hall on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.

Arts Academy classes are part of NCLAC’s educational outreach. NCLAC believes the visual, performing and literary arts are a necessary enhancement for all individuals and seeks to enrich the region by fostering opportunities for creative expression.

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

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